No Joe-king, Dunkin’ coming (Story & VIDEO)

By on June 17, 2015
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No Joe-king, Dunkin’ coming

The borough gave the developer of the new Dunkin Donuts the OK to do site work, and demolition workers on Tuesday removed old signage from the exterior of the former Shamrock used-car dealership.

The borough gave the developer of the new Dunkin Donuts the OK to do site work, and demolition workers on Tuesday removed old signage from the exterior of the former Shamrock used-car dealership.

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by Patrick Burns

The Ephrata Review reported in July 2014 that “work could begin soon” on a new drive-thru Dunkin’ Donuts in front of the Kmart and across from the Wendy’s restaurant on Route 272 and Rothsville Road.

This time it’s really happening, said Nancy Harris, Ephrata Borough planning and engineering manager.

Harris said all that remain are “a few minor administrative issues” before a building permit could be issued for the site at 1111 S .State St.

“All we need are a few issues ironed out – some signatures and minor issues,” Harris said. “It should be within two weeks.”

The borough gave the developer the OK to do site work, and demolition workers on Tuesday removed old signage from the exterior of the former Shamrock used-car dealership.

The site had been a gas service station for many years and sits on “an island” border within Ephrata Township, Harris said.

The land development plan – which had initially included a cell phone store next to Dunkin’ – received final approval back in 2013.

“The plan remains for a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise and another building,” Harris said.

The project had been waiting for PennDOT approval. Plans include a reconfigured entrance way off Route 272 to the former car dealership, according to Harris.

She said more details would be available next week.

Social media lit up Tuesday evening, welcoming The Ephrata News video announcement of the new Dunkin’ Donuts. As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, the video had been shared 121 times and reached an audience almost 15,000.

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“Happy to hear,” wrote Lisa Wolf Werner on Facebook. “Love the Java more then Donuts!”

“Sweet,” Kevin Carvell said. “On Sunday, I saw they had torn some down and I wondered if it was indeed going to be Dunkin’. Thanks for the confirmation!”

“Pumpkin donut holes in the fall,” Misty Morrison noted . “Can’t wait!”

“Finally,” exalted James E Huber. “Dunkin Donuts in Ephrata.”

Once underway, the Dunkin’ Donuts would be the third restaurant under construction in the Ephrata area.

The Taco Bell, under construction on East Main Street – in the lot between Arby’s and Ephrata Cycle Sports – should be completed by Labor Day, said developer Richard Stauffer.

Also, the rebuilding of the burned-out McDonald’s in the Cloister Shopping Center on Route 272 and Martin Avenue had been scheduled to reopen next month.

Patrick Burns is a staff writer and social media editor for The Ephrata Review. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4455.

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